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#98 “Crown Cap” November 7, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on November 7, 2014

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crownTODDCAST EPISODE 98: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY


Greetings Moonstoners, today is November 7th and on this day in 1980, we lost the “king of cool”, actor Steve McQueen.   McQueen was an Academy Award nominee for his dramatic turn in “The Sand Pebbles” but he was probably most known for his starring role in “The Great Escape”.  He defined “cool” and rebellious in the counter-culture era of the 60’s. He was known for being difficult on a set and yet he was very highly paid.  Other great roles included “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Towering Inferno”, and the “Thomas Crown Affair”.   

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:   Crown Cap

A crown cap is the kind of “top” or closure you’d find on a beer bottle, but is also used during the secondary fermentation when you are making sparkling wine in individual bottles (the Champagne Method).  But in that case, there is a small plastic receptacle attached to the crown cap into which yeast sediment settles during the riddling process.  

And even though it’s not very romantic, you may also find crown capsules on finished sparkling wines, like lower-priced proseccos from Italy. It’s so unromantic in fact, that it is illegal to put a crown cap on a finished bottle of bubbly from the Champagne region itself.

But you want to know what is truly unromantic and downright barbaric, Jill? It’s when someone tries to open a beer bottle with their teeth. A chipped tooth isn’t very attractive and will likely need to be capped with its own crown.

For transcripts, links, and more toddcasts, please go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions for more words, historical facts, or know of any reason why Queen Elizabeth was never seen in a Crown Victoria, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com.

Until next time, beers to you!

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

 

BIRTHDAYS

Rick Auricchio

Lisa Williams

Rose Bedard

 

Club shipments have gone out.

What’s new at the winery?

Tamar is “Back”

 

Save the Date!  January 24th- Meet the Winemakers

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

RIP Merton
http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/obituaries/red-wine-for-breakfast-helped-migraine-research-20141031-11exxj.html

Cancel that gym membership.
http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/a-glass-of-red-wine-worth-an-hour-of-exercise/

 

See, I didn’t need to workout.  

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/11/03/red-wines-heralded-ingredient-resveratrol-may-actually-hinder-benefits-of-exercise/

 

My, my, I’ve got the vapors.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://punchdrink.com/articles/the-weird-world-of-wine-and-spirits-vaping/

Crashing the party!
http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/11/beer-truck-smash-sparks-roadside-party/

HAMMERED HOROSCOPE

Scorpio, it’s best if you stay home this weekend.  Some negative neighbors could put you in a bad mood.  So close the blinds, lock the door and don’t share that fine bottle of wine you’ve been saving.  It’s just for you.  And when the knock comes at the door, just shout, “No more treats here!”

 

ALCOHOL TRIVIA

Here’s a juicy tidbit. Know how many grapes it takes to make one bottle of wine?  About 600.

 

 

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

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#97 “Black Rot” October 24, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on October 24, 2014

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black-rotTODDCAST EPISODE 97: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY

Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 24th and on this day in 1929, the folks on Wall Street took a dark turn.  This was the day of the great Stock Market Crash of 1929, a day known as “Black Thursday”, which ushered in the Great Depression.  Very depressing.  A day when no ones finances were in the black.   Actually, things got worse the following Monday and Tuesday, when the lights truly went out on Wall Street.  

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Black Rot

Black rot on vines can also darken a winegrowers mood. This fungal disease originated on the East Coast where the humid environment there creates the perfect conditions for this infection to take hold.  

The disease attacks grapevines at the leaves, shoots, and even the grapes.  What’s worse, is even through a darkest winters, the fungus can come out of dormancy to affect the vines in the following season.

Fortunately, we do not see much Black Rot in the Paso Robles region of California.  The arid climate here doesn’t allow the fungus to grow.

In fact, due to the drought, the climate here is so arid the grapevines can barely grow. And that’s not funny.  Not even black humor can get a laugh around here about that.

Perhaps dry humor would be more appropriate…

For transcripts, links and more Toddcasts, go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd. If you have any suggestions for more words, historical stock crashes or tips on pairing noir wines with blackened fish, please send emails to TheDarkSide@moonstonecellars.com.  

And until next time, try not to black out.

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

 

BIRTHDAYS

Kevin Bettencourt

Jessie Auricchio


New wines for Club

Hospitality Night is Dec. 4th!

Save the Date!  January 24th  Meet the Winemakers

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

Darn, we only have a Costco.  
http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2014/10/09/where-can-you-buy-168000-bottle-of-wine-sams-club-of-course/?ss=food-drink

 

Sure, why not.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/10/why-amare-stoudemire-is-bathing-in-red-wine.htm

 

Now that’s a golden brown.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/champagne-and-gold-loaf-breaks-record/

 

Look what’s come to my window.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/us-singer-to-launch-cannabis-infused-wine/

 

Well, this is good news.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://blog.uvinum.com/moderate-drinking-reduces-risk-aneurysm-2363877

 


snap, crackle, pop

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/wine-could-protect-against-brittle-bones/


HAMMERED HOROSCOPE

Scorpio, a friend of yours is in need.  If you don’t help out, the karma fairy will come down on you hard.  So don’t complain, just jump in there and do what you can.  Maybe just taking a bottle of wine to your friend will save the day.  Couldn’t hurt.

ALCOHOL TRIVIA

We don’t recommend this excuse for everyone, but in Tampa, Florida, a 34 year old man was arrested for drunk driving due to an officer smelling alcohol on his breath.  But charges were dropped when he explained that what they were smelling was rubbing alcohol and gasoline, due to the fact that the accused is a professional fire-eater.  So lesson learned, don’t breathe fire and drive kids.

 

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

 

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#96 “Vinho Verde” October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 96: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 10th and on this day in 1813 Giuseppe Verdi was born.  Or was it the October 9th? Who knows, since I suppose records weren’t kept very well back then in Italy… Anyway, if you […]

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#95 “Pelure D’oignon” October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 95: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 3rd.  And on this day in 1974, one of the greatest footballers in history, Pele, retired from Brazillian soccer.  Though past his prime, he was coaxed out of retirement a few years later to play […]

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#93 “Cornas” September 19, 2014

September 18, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 94: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Today is September 19th and on this day in 1995, we lost popcorn mogul Orville Redenbacher.  By the 1970’s Orville had captured over one third of the world popcorn market.  Though his company has been sold multiple times, the corn […]

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#93 “Rack” August 29, 2014

August 28, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 93: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY   Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 29th.  And summer is pretty much over and we’re getting back on track podcast-wise if harvest doesn’t get in the way!   On this day in 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway in […]

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#92 “Crossing” August 8, 2014

August 8, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 92: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 8th and on this day in 1963, the British woke up to disturbing news.  A large gang of thieves ambushed a Royal Mail train heading to London and made off with over 2.5 million pounds. […]

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#91 “Saignee” August 2, 2014

August 2, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 91: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings from the east Moonstoners, today is August 1st, and we have been AWOL for a few weeks.  But we return in time for a bloody day in history.  It seems August 1st has been a pretty deadly day in […]

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#90 “Heavy” July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 90: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY (Opener)  Jill, I drove all day today and I’m feeling a little punchy   Greetings from the road Moonstoners, today is July 11th  and we say happy birthday to Leon Spinks.  Neon Leon, as he was called, became the Heavyweight […]

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#89 “Bonds” July 4, 2014

July 3, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 89: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY  Greetings revelers, it’s the 4th of July,but before the fireworks go off, let’s say happy birthday to  one of the most infamous bond traders in history, Michael Milken. Known as the King of the junk bonds, Milken spent 22 months […]

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